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- The Oilers are off to a 3-0-0 start. The last time they did that was the 2008-09 season. The hot start is thanks in part to the second coming of James Neal – the Whitby, Ont., native has six goals, including four on Tuesday night against the Islanders. Neal had seven goals in 63 games played with the Flames last season. Four of his goals this season have come on the power play, all of them assisted by Connor McDavid. The Oilers’ power play has gone 4-for-10 over the past two games, with Neal scoring all four goals. Tuesday night was Neal’s seventh career hat trick and his first four-goal game. The winger’s last hat trick came in March of 2016, against the Oilers.

- Detroit right winger Anthony Mantha is another player with a four-goal game this season. He did that on Sunday against Dallas to earn the second hat trick of his career....


- The Sharks just brought back veteran forward Patrick Marleau. When you’re 0-4-0 with only five goals, you need to find some offence. No player on the Sharks has more than one goal.


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